With the assistance of an advisory committee, the higher education coordinating board shall administer the work-study program. The staff of the higher education coordinating board under the direction of the executive director will manage the administrative functions relative to the program and shall be authorized to enter into agreement with:
Eligible public institutions for the placement of students and the reimbursement of employers for the state share of the student's compensation.
Eligible private institutions for the placement of students.
Employers of students attending eligible private institutions for the reimbursement of the state share of the student's compensation. Such agreements shall be written to ensure employer compliance with the rules and regulations governing the work-study program.
(1) Responsibility of eligible public institutions. The institution will:
(a) Assist the board in contracting with eligible employers or, enter into contracts with eligible organizations for employment of students under the work-study program. Such agreements shall be written to ensure employer compliance with the rules and regulations governing the work-study program.
(b) Determine student eligibility and arrange for placement.
(c) Arrange for payment of the state share of the student's compensation.
(2) Responsibility of eligible private institutions. The institution will:
(a) Assist the board in contracting with eligible employers.
(b) Determine student eligibility, arrange for placement with employers, and notify the board of such placement.
(c) Submit student time sheets to the board in the prescribed manner and time frame outlined in guidelines.
(3) Employer responsibilities:
(a) Before it may participate in the program, an eligible employer must enter into agreement with the higher education coordinating board or a public institution acting as its agent, thereby certifying its eligibility to participate and its willingness to comply with all program requirements.
(b) Certification of payment to students by the eligible organization shall be made under oath in accordance with RCW 9A.72.085
(c) Submit student time sheets to the institution in a timely manner.
(4) Advisory committee. The board will appoint an advisory committee which may include, but need not be limited to, representatives of public and private community colleges, technical colleges, and four-year institutions of higher education; vocational schools; students; community service organizations; public schools; business; and labor. When selecting members of the committee, the board will consult with institutions of higher education, the state board for community and technical colleges, the work force training and education coordinating board, and appropriate associations and organizations. The committee shall be convened to advise the board staff on matters pertaining to the development and the administration of the work-study program. In addition, representatives from postsecondary educational advisory and governing bodies will be invited to participate in advisory committee meetings when annual institutional allocations are being determined.
(5) Institutional administrative allowance. Contingent upon funds being made available to the higher education coordinating board for the operation of the work-study program, the public institutions will be provided an administrative expense allowance. In order to qualify for the allowance, the institution must demonstrate that financial support for student financial aid administration, exclusive of the administrative allowance, is at least equal to the level of support provided during the previous fiscal year.
(6) Institutional maintenance of effort. State funds provided under this program are not to be used to replace institutional funds which would otherwise be used to support student employment.
(7) Reports. The higher education coordinating board will obtain periodic reports on the balance of each institution's work-study funds to ensure a proper distribution of funds among institutions. In addition, information will be gathered subsequent to the end of the academic year, describing the population served and the modes of packaging used.
(8) Agreement to participate. In order to participate in the program, each institution must file an agreement to participate indicating agreement to abide by all program rules, regulations, and guidelines and to maintain and provide all pertinent information, records, and reports requested by the board.
(9) Appeals. If the board is notified of any possible violations of these rules and regulations, satisfactory resolution shall be attempted by board staff. If satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved by board staff, the advisory committee authorized by WAC 250-40-070(5) shall review the appeal and make a recommendation to board staff. If satisfactory resolution still cannot be achieved, the person or institution initiating the appeal may request a hearing with the board, which shall take action on the appeal.
(10) Program reviews. The higher education coordinating board will review institutional administrative practices to determine institutional compliance with rules and regulations and program guidelines. If such a review determines that an institution has failed to comply with program rules and regulations and guidelines the board may suspend, terminate, or place conditions upon the institution's participation in the program and require the institution to reimburse the students affected or the program in the appropriate amount.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.12.020
through 28B.12.070. WSR 94-14-006 § 250-40-070, filed 6/23/94, effective 7/24/94; WSR 93-20-044, § 250-40-070, filed 9/29/93, effective 10/30/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.12.060
. WSR 87-16-047 (Order 1-87, Resolution No. 87-59), § 250-40-070, filed 7/29/87; WSR 85-20-034 (Order 4-85, Resolution No. 86-3), § 250-40-070, filed 9/24/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.806
. WSR 81-13-037 (Order 3/81, Resolution No. 81-68), § 250-40-070, filed 6/16/81; WSR 79-11-030 (Order 10-79, Resolution No. 80-19), § 250-40-070, filed 10/11/79; WSR 79-02-088 (Order 2-79), § 250-40-070, filed 2/7/79; Order 5-77, § 250-40-070, filed 5/11/77; Order 6-74, § 250-40-070, filed 9/17/74.]